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The Chief Tormentor

The Deliciously Devilish Blog of Puzzling News From Staveland

Wedded Bliss

summer love

I Do
I bet most weddings take place†in the summer. The weatherís good,†itís easier for the guests who have to†travel, and you can be outside.†Another reason why I make this†assumption is because we cut more†wedding puzzles now than at any†other time of the year.†A puzzle is the†perfect way to†commemorate the†special day.†Whether itís your†day from 20 years†ago or tomorrow,†a son or daughterís wedding, or†your favorite niece, a Stave puzzle†is the perfect gift.

The Missing Piece
When you meet that special†someone, you feel like youíve found†that missing piece, right? They†seem to fill that little spot in your†heart thatís been empty, waiting for†just the right fit. Why not create a†puzzle to remember this incredible†time in life? The moment can be†relived every time the puzzle is†worked. We can fill it with the†silhouettes that represent your†perfect day: the proposal on one†knee, a horse and carriage ride to†the church, a dog standing in as†best man, the honeymoon safari to†Africa. No matter what made your†day unique, we can help you create†a keepsake that will be enjoyed for†years to come.

couple-silhouetteFit Me In
Picture this . Itís your†anniversary, the music is softly†playing in the background, the†champagne is poured and the†candles are lit on the puzzle table.†Wonít it be nice to have a few hours†of your loveís undivided attention†while you work to put together the†pieces of your lives? We all know†times like this are few and†far†between in our day to day lives.

Love you to pieces, Jennifer

35 Years! Where Did They Go?

As the saying goes, time flies when youíre having fun. I think everyone at Stave†would agree! Weíre all wondering where the time has gone. Steve has created another new puzzle design in honor of our 35th Anniversary. Here’s a sneak peek at what he’s cooking up!

35-puzzle-sneak

Woody is now Wilma

Remember our little woodchuck friend who has been hanging out on our lawn? It turns out he is a she and we have babies! I noticed she was only coming around a couple of times a day lately and wondered if he/she was nursing a litter of little chucks. Sure enough, she brought them out for a snack this morning. Maybe we should have a Name the Baby contest! DSC01502

The Next Big WOWOWOWOWOW!!

I don’t want to steal Susan’s thunder but I’m so excited about an artist we’ve just begun working with I have to say something! (Does this make me a big mouth?) His images are incredibly beautiful, full of imagination and Fabulous for puzzling. You’re going to be seeing some very special and unique puzzles offered in the next mailing and you’re going to be thrilled. I promise. Have I ever lead you wrong??? Want a hint to help you figure it out while you’re waiting for your newsletter to arrive? Think back, way way way back. Millions of years ago…

Talk about funny!!

I know woodchucks have nothing to do with puzzling but this is too funny. The woodchuck that has been hanging around on the back lawn of the puzzle shop has spent the afternoon defending his territory against a red squirrel! The squirrel is definitely faster but the woodchuck is very brave and persistent. What a sight to see! If we can get a good photo of the action we’ll put one up so you can enjoy the fun, too. Ok, back to work :)

Meet our new buddy!

Here’s a picture I just took of our friend, Woody. He drops in almost daily for a small snack or two of lush green grass and the occasional apple I roll out for him. He’s great entertainment and not at all distracting from my work. He was stretching and yawning when he appeared this morning and it cracked me up! I took this through my office window so it’s not as clear as I would like but I had to share it. DSC01662

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!

You didn’t hear it from me but… Paula and Ruth are almost finished with a beautiful Limited Edition mailing piece!! I’m not sure if I should call it a mini-catalog, pamphlet or what, but it looks great! You’ll see our Hand-painted puzzles, Riddle and Mystery puzzles and even Double-Decker designs! You’ve been asking for this for a while, so here you go! Watch for it in your mailbox. It’s coming soon!! Remember, don’t tell Ruth or Paula I let the cat out of the bag!!

Look here, sports fans!

Hey all you sports fans! I just wanted to give you a heads up on some new puzzles we’re working on. Stave artist, Molly Delaney, is working on a new set of sports themed Teaser puzzles and they’re looking great! We’re still in the designing phase but the ones we’ve had tested got great reviews so we’re moving closer to final art on a couple of them. Whether you’re a golfer or a baseball fan, a football fanatic or a tennis pro, we’ll have something for you!! (Did I tell you I’m taking tennis lessons? I’ll be playing at Wimbledon this summer, for sure!) Keep your eye out for these great new Teaser puzzles and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at two them in early art stages.testers_20100408142816_00001

Wedded Bliss

summer love

I Do
I bet most weddings take place†in the summer. The weatherís good,†itís easier for the guests who have to†travel, and you can be outside.†Another reason why I make this†assumption is because we cut more†wedding puzzles now than at any†other time of the year.†A puzzle is the†perfect way to†commemorate the†special day.†Whether itís your†day from 20 years†ago or tomorrow,†a son or daughterís wedding, or†your favorite niece, a Stave puzzle†is the perfect gift.

The Missing Piece
When you meet that special†someone, you feel like youíve found†that missing piece, right? They†seem to fill that little spot in your†heart thatís been empty, waiting for†just the right fit. Why not create a†puzzle to remember this incredible†time in life? The moment can be†relived every time the puzzle is†worked. We can fill it with the†silhouettes that represent your†perfect day: the proposal on one†knee, a horse and carriage ride to†the church, a dog standing in as†best man, the honeymoon safari to†Africa. No matter what made your†day unique, we can help you create†a keepsake that will be enjoyed for†years to come.

couple-silhouetteFit Me In
Picture this . Itís your†anniversary, the music is softly†playing in the background, the†champagne is poured and the†candles are lit on the puzzle table.†Wonít it be nice to have a few hours†of your loveís undivided attention†while you work to put together the†pieces of your lives? We all know†times like this are few and†far†between in our day to day lives.

Love you to pieces, Jennifer

35 Years! Where Did They Go?

As the saying goes, time flies when youíre having fun. I think everyone at Stave†would agree! Weíre all wondering where the time has gone. Steve has created another new puzzle design in honor of our 35th Anniversary. Here’s a sneak peek at what he’s cooking up!

35-puzzle-sneak

Woody is now Wilma

Remember our little woodchuck friend who has been hanging out on our lawn? It turns out he is a she and we have babies! I noticed she was only coming around a couple of times a day lately and wondered if he/she was nursing a litter of little chucks. Sure enough, she brought them out for a snack this morning. Maybe we should have a Name the Baby contest! DSC01502

The Next Big WOWOWOWOWOW!!

I don’t want to steal Susan’s thunder but I’m so excited about an artist we’ve just begun working with I have to say something! (Does this make me a big mouth?) His images are incredibly beautiful, full of imagination and Fabulous for puzzling. You’re going to be seeing some very special and unique puzzles offered in the next mailing and you’re going to be thrilled. I promise. Have I ever lead you wrong??? Want a hint to help you figure it out while you’re waiting for your newsletter to arrive? Think back, way way way back. Millions of years ago…

Talk about funny!!

I know woodchucks have nothing to do with puzzling but this is too funny. The woodchuck that has been hanging around on the back lawn of the puzzle shop has spent the afternoon defending his territory against a red squirrel! The squirrel is definitely faster but the woodchuck is very brave and persistent. What a sight to see! If we can get a good photo of the action we’ll put one up so you can enjoy the fun, too. Ok, back to work :)

Meet our new buddy!

Here’s a picture I just took of our friend, Woody. He drops in almost daily for a small snack or two of lush green grass and the occasional apple I roll out for him. He’s great entertainment and not at all distracting from my work. He was stretching and yawning when he appeared this morning and it cracked me up! I took this through my office window so it’s not as clear as I would like but I had to share it. DSC01662

WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!

You didn’t hear it from me but… Paula and Ruth are almost finished with a beautiful Limited Edition mailing piece!! I’m not sure if I should call it a mini-catalog, pamphlet or what, but it looks great! You’ll see our Hand-painted puzzles, Riddle and Mystery puzzles and even Double-Decker designs! You’ve been asking for this for a while, so here you go! Watch for it in your mailbox. It’s coming soon!! Remember, don’t tell Ruth or Paula I let the cat out of the bag!!

Look here, sports fans!

Hey all you sports fans! I just wanted to give you a heads up on some new puzzles we’re working on. Stave artist, Molly Delaney, is working on a new set of sports themed Teaser puzzles and they’re looking great! We’re still in the designing phase but the ones we’ve had tested got great reviews so we’re moving closer to final art on a couple of them. Whether you’re a golfer or a baseball fan, a football fanatic or a tennis pro, we’ll have something for you!! (Did I tell you I’m taking tennis lessons? I’ll be playing at Wimbledon this summer, for sure!) Keep your eye out for these great new Teaser puzzles and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at two them in early art stages.testers_20100408142816_00001